In this unpredictable and ever-changing world we live in, at least we can always count on Fox News to provide a consistent stream of ignorance. The latest example comes from Fox Nation, a “news” website that chose to illustrate a story about transgender healthcare with a photo of Robin Williams from the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Because, obviously, every serious trans issue can totally be summed up by a male comedian in a dress putting out a fire on his fake boobs. Sigh. After sparking outrage and petitions to remove it, the ridiculous movie shot has been replaced by a generic stock photo. And just in case anyone was misled by Fox’s story, Village Voice blogger Alan Scherstuhl explains, “For the record, the number of transgender Americans asking insurance to cover boobfires each year is minuscule.” [Village Voice, Basic Rights Oregon]
This amazing video shows what it really looks like to go through a gender identity change. YouTube user iiGethii writes, “This video is of me going through a three-year transition (roughly one thousand pictures). I have had FFS during the process. I started roughly around when I was 20-21 years of age.” The photos show in striking detail how iiGethii grew more and more feminine in appearance, and became the beautiful young woman she wanted to be. [YouTube]
We’ve been big fans of Laura Jane Grace long before she came out as a transgender woman earlier this year, but we love the lead singer of seminal punk band Against Me! all the more now that we’ve witnessed her incredibly brave, positive attitude toward her recent transition. Needless to say, we’re a little jealous that Grace gave MTV’s House of Style hosts Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss a comprehensive tour of her Florida home, including her enviable record collection, her wife and daughter, and yes, her closet. Laura Jane is a true inspiration, and not only to the trans community: everybody can learn a little something from her openness and her adamance that above all, the most important thing is to feel comfortable in your own skin. Not to mention that the advice she gives about maintaining good skincare habits regardless of how grimy you are otherwise is invaluable. [NYMag.com]
This past week, a beauty pageant of an entirely different kind took place in Thailand. The Miss International Queen Pageant is a transgender and transsexual beauty pageant where contestants must have been born male in order to participate. Now in its 8th year, the Miss International Queen Pageant aims to increase visibility and acceptance of transgender and transsexual people. Plus, it’s a great excuse to dress up. This year, 21 contestants from 14 countries journeyed to Pattaya, Thailand, to compete. The winner was Kevin Balot from the Philippines, who took home the $10,000 prize and bragging rights. After the jump, Kevin and some of the other contestants strut their stuff.
Allie is 17 and from Stuttgart, Arkansas. She’s a regular teenager in many ways — worried about what other kids in school think of her and excited about college. But she’s also transgender, and that’s made her life more difficult and challenging than most of us could imagine. “I realized I was meant to be a girl when I was a three years old,” she explains, but had to keep her identity hidden to avoid bullying and abuse. Allie is one of two transgender teens profiled in a new film project called “Friend Film.” The project still needs funding, and if you’re inclined you can support it through Indie-Go-Go. Even if you can’t donate, remember that today is Spirit Day, a day to take a stand against bullying. Check out their website for ways you can help. [Friend Film]
It’s a sad statement on society when we have to issue advertising campaigns to remind people to treat their fellow human beings “with courtesy and respect.” But whatever, I’m not going to complain! This rad ad campaign by the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights is the first-ever campaign to focus on treating trans folks with the same dignity and humanity that everyone deserves. There’s a bunch of other ads with trans men and women sharing the so-totally-normal-they’re-practically-boring stuff they like to do, like “listening to Adele” and “playing basketball.” Other human beings — they’re just like us! [ColorLines]
Twelve years ago, Massachusetts inmate Robert Kosilek sued the state for the right to a sex change. Convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, Kosilek is serving a life sentence, and claimed that the surgery was necessary to effectively treat gender dysmorphia. After two lawsuits, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Kosilek was entitled to a sex change operation because it was considered a “serious medical need.” Keep reading »
Androgyny is in. From supermodel Andrej Pejic to gender-neutral parenting articles, the media can’t get enough of us non-binary (“boy” or “girl”) folks lately.
But is not identifying as male or female really about androgyny? Is being elsewhere on the gender spectrum the same as being gender neutral? I look at pictures of Pejic and I wonder if I’m missing something everyone else sees. It’s hard to recognize androgyny (showing characteristics of both sexes) in a person walking down the street in five-inch heels, short shorts, and a flowing top, blonde locks perfectly coiffed Marilyn Monroe-style. The same is true for us average non-binary folks. Many of us identify, like Pejic, as neither male nor female, yet our gender presentation is not neutral either. Trying to get us into that box takes a lot of squeezing, tugging, and tucking.
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